How To Make A Floor Pillow?

Creating a floor pillow is a delightful way to add comfort and style to your living space. You can easily make your own floor pillow by choosing suitable fabric, cutting it to the desired size, stuffing it with filling, and sewing it together. Specifically, you will need fabric for the pillow cover, a sewing machine or needle and thread, scissors, a ruler or measuring tape, pins, a fabric marker, and a filler material like polyester stuffing, foam, or even old clothes. Once you have your materials, you can cut the fabric to size, sew it together leaving an opening for the filling, stuff the pillow to your desired firmness, and then sew the opening shut.

Materials Needed

To get started, let’s discuss the materials and tools you’ll require. These might include:

  • Fabric: Choose a durable, comfortable fabric like cotton, canvas, or even upholstery fabric for a more luxurious feel. Consider the decor of the room where the floor pillow will be used when selecting the pattern or color.
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread: A sewing machine will make the process faster, but hand-sewing is also an option.
  • Scissors: To cut the fabric and thread.
  • Ruler or Measuring Tape: For measuring the dimensions of your pillow.
  • Pins: To hold the fabric pieces together before sewing.
  • Fabric Marker: To mark the fabric where you need to cut or sew.
  • Filler Material: Polyester fiberfill is common, but you can also use foam inserts, buckwheat hulls, or even repurpose old textiles.
  • Zipper or Velcro (optional): If you want your pillow cover to be removable, a closure system will be necessary.

Choosing the Right Fabric

The fabric you choose for your floor pillow is crucial as it will determine both the appearance and durability of the final product. If the pillow will be used frequently or in an area where it may get dirty, consider a fabric that is easy to clean or has a pattern that can hide stains. Moreover, if you want a pillow that can be used outdoors, look for fabrics that are fade-resistant and mildew-resistant.

Cutting and Preparing the Fabric

Once you have gathered your materials, you’ll need to decide on the size of your pillow. A standard floor pillow is typically around 26 inches square, but you can adjust this to be larger or smaller according to your preference or necessity.

  • Use your ruler or a straight edge and fabric marker to measure and mark your fabric to the correct dimensions. Don’t forget to add a seam allowance (typically ½ inch) around all edges.
  • After marking the dimensions, cut out two squares (or rectangles if you’re opting for a different shape).

Sewing the Pillow Cover

With your fabric cut to the desired size, you can start sewing the pieces together:

  • Place your fabric pieces right sides together (the sides you want facing outwards on the final product) and pin around the edges to hold them in place.
  • Using your sewing machine or needle and thread, sew around the perimeter, remembering to leave an opening large enough to insert your filling later on. If you plan to include a zipper, insert it along one of the edges.
  • After sewing, trim any excess fabric from the edges and corners to reduce bulk. Be careful not to cut the seams you just sewed.
  • Turn the fabric right side out through the opening, using a tool like a chopstick or pencil to push out the corners to a nice point.
  • Iron the edges if necessary for a crisp look.

Stuffing the Pillow

Stuffing your pillow properly is key to ensuring comfort and longevity:

  • Begin by gradually filling the pillow cover with your chosen stuffing material. This step can be quite flexible depending on how firm or soft you desire your pillow to be.
  • Periodically push the filler down to ensure there are no lumps and the pillow maintains a uniform shape.
  • Once your pillow is stuffed to the desired thickness, it’s time to close it up.

Closing the Pillow

To complete your floor pillow, you need to seal the opening:

  • If you’ve left a simple open seam, fold the edges of the fabric inward to align with the sewn seams and pin in place.
  • Sew the opening closed either by hand or with the sewing machine, making sure your stitches are secure and as invisible as possible.
  • If you’ve added a zipper, simply zip it closed.

If you prefer the cover to be removable for washing, instead of sewing the last edge closed, you can attach Velcro or a zipper along one side of the pillow. This way, you can take off the cover and launder it whenever necessary.

Customizing Your Floor Pillow

Customization is an excellent way to make your floor pillow unique. You could add decorative elements such as:

  • Piping: Sewing piping along the seams creates a more finished, professional look.
  • Tufts: Adding tufts not only contributes an elegant detail but also helps to keep the stuffing in place.
  • Patches or Appliqués: Personalize your pillow with fabric patches or appliqués that reflect your personality or matches the room’s decor.
  • Embroidery: For those who enjoy needlework, embroidering a design onto the fabric before assembling the pillow can add a distinctive touch.

Using Your Floor Pillow

With your floor pillow complete, it can be utilized in a multitude of ways:

  • Added seating for guests
  • A cozy spot to read or meditate
  • A soft play area for kids
  • An impromptu bed for sleepovers

Don’t forget to fluff and rotate your pillow periodically to keep it in prime condition and maintain its shape.

Finishing Thoughts

Making your own floor pillow can be a satisfying project that not only allows you to get creative with fabrics and designs but also offers a functional and stylish addition to your home. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can craft a comfortable spot to relax, tailored exactly to your liking. Whether you’re a seasoned seamstress or a novice with a needle, the process is straightforward and offers plenty of room for personalization. Enjoy your handiwork and the added coziness it brings to your living space.


  • Ollie Lane

    My name is Ollie Lane, the zestful spirit and sleep enthusiast editor at GoodSleepHub. Blending my expertise in Sleep Technology with a dash of whimsy, I'm all about transforming your nights from blah to ta-da! I believe great sleep is a blend of science, art, and a bit of fairy dust. When I'm not knee-deep in the latest sleep gadgetry or jotting down notes for my next blog post, you can find me strumming on my ukulele or chasing after my mischievous beagle, Benny. My approach to sleep is like my music: playful, innovative, and always in tune with your needs.

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